The Workplace — Featured Episode

Untangling hair discrimination

Norms for hairstyles are evolving. Coifs once banned in the workplace, or frowned upon by mainstream society, are more visible than ever.

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Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows

14 states have passed laws barring discrimination and, with passage in U.S. House, the CROWN Act advances one step closer to becoming federal law.

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Crowning glory: What a Black woman's hair says about her

Among women, hairstyles are intertwined with appearance and identity. For Black women, this is particularly true. In this portrait series, several Black women describe how their styles affect their experiences in the workplace.

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Where style and acceptance are of equal importance

California barbershop’s niche: Catering to clients who seek gender-affirming hairstyles.

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‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’

After spending 16 years shunning her natural hair, Andradia Scovil now embraces it.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Are empathy skills the key to DEI?

Empathy skills in the workplace are connected to huge benefits for both employees and employers. Empathy skills develop when you practice learning about other people’s life experiences.

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Why is workplace DEI important?

Ineffective diversity, equity and inclusion was cited as a key contributor to so-called ‘Toxic Culture’, acknowledged by researchers as the biggest driver behind the massive quit rates that drove The Great Resignation. Though they are part of the DEI solution, women and diverse workers were most affected by poor workplace culture. In this video, we’ll hear what research says about DEI, why this matters to you and how empathy can unlock a better result in the workplace.

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Race, health and empathy

Dr. Ofole Mgbako, an internal medicine doctor and infectious disease specialist reflects on his personal and professional experiences with racial bias.

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How companies win by leading with empathy

Organizations experience exponential success by creating cultures where diversity and empathy thrive.

The Workplace — Featured Episode

Accessibility for all

When the pandemic put the brakes on many in-person activities, such as grocery shopping and flying, online services grew to fill the void, creating new norms of accessibility long hoped-for and fought for by people with disabilities and their advocates.

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Pandemic augmented services long-sought by the disabled

If the pandemic has an upside, it is the expansion of services and online connectivity, from grocery delivery to closed captioning during meetings. Technology has ushered in welcome solutions to everyday challenges.

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AI tech provides new set of eyes for visually impaired

Companies like Aira Tech Corp are radically changing the game for people with blindness or low vision in the midst of the pandemic. Jenine Stanley, director of customer communication, explains why generating a more inclusive environment in the industry is crucial for people with disabilities.

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Adapting to life with autism during Covid

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all of our lives. For people on the autism spectrum, change can be hard. Technology is helping people adapt and find new ways to connect.

Untangling hair discrimination


Read 4 mins
Inch by inch, protection for natural hair grows
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Crowning glory: What a Black woman's hair says about her
Read 5 mins
Where style and acceptance are of equal importance
Listen 9 mins
‘It’s a feeling unlike anything in the world’

Chief change-makers


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Chief diversity officers are facing the challenge of shifting corporate culture
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Racial awakening leads to organizational introspection, action
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Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just about counting numbers

Black American Sign Language


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Differences big and small in BASL reflect Black culture, history
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Strong but not silent: Black Deaf culture stakes its claim
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Sign language with swagger

Defying age and staying active


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'A terrible idea'
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At 50, she tackled a lifelong dream of hiking more than 2,000 miles
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Fast and fit after 50
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The bond of cha-cha, dip and twisting together

Code-switching and covering


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Learning when to choose authenticity
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How code-switching impacts a company’s overall success
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Exploring the subtle — and explicit — demands to cover

Confronting America’s hunger crisis


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Why are seniors struggling with food insecurity?
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Food insecurity in the military
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Fighting food waste with The Farmlink Project
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One artist’s mission to feed hungry New Yorkers

The rise of the gap year


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A mid-career gap year helped one woman take charge of her own life
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'The perfect bridge'
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Taking a career break for rest, recovery and realignment

The guardians of indigenous foods


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The foodways of America’s Indigenous people
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For nourishment, there’s nothing like ‘first foods’
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‘When you eat my food, you will know the journey’

The costs of living in a child care desert


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Welcome to Mrs. Jackie’s Daycare
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What happens when demand for child care exceeds supply?
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For a Colorado farming town, child care is paramount to its survival

Currents

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Home, where mi corazón is whole
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Bookstores bind patrons as well as their owners
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Rural students face numerous obstacles on the path to college
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Kids in the finance biz
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With every stitch, makers of corsets persevere
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Casinos make dollars and sense for small towns in Colorado
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The gift of my grandmother’s songs
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Is there a price to pay for ditching junk food?
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A torn ACL and the new life that came with it
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Activists rally against 'fixing' infants' bodies
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Ghost kitchens are more than delivery services
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Unlocking the power of psilocybin with music
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NFL seeks to score in the startup game
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For the Ransomes, children's books are a family affair
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Identity intersectionality and finding power in being her authentic self
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At American flag-making outposts, there's work to be done
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A shared border, nations apart
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Women in music take lead in the executive ranks
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Newlyweds produced award-winning film on immigration while on their honeymoon
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‘SecondActWomen’ share advice on starting a business and pivoting in midlife